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Close-Up on Documentary Feature Competition

Close-Up on Documentary Feature Competition

Because each section more than deserves its own close-up, here is a look at the SXSW 2006 Documentary Feature Competition:


Autumn’s Eyes
Dir: Paola Mendoza & Gabriel Noble.
This is life through the eyes of a 3-year-old girl as she tries to navigate her way through a life of poverty, her teenage mother’s incarceration, and foster care. (WORLD PREMIERE)

Dir: Andrew Neel & Luke Meyer.
A serious look into the bizarre and fascinating world of Darkon, a full-contact medieval fantasy group, active in the Baltimore area since 1985. (WORLD PREMIERE)

Dir: Mark Woollen.
The story of the American Roller Derby League, a group of over-the-hill roller derby skaters from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s who are determined to reclaim their former glory. (WORLD PREMIERE)

Maxed Out
Dir: James Scurlock.
A disturbing and hilarious glimpse at what makes Americans addicted to credit card debt. (WORLD PREMIERE)

My Country, My Country
Dir: Laura Poitras.
The agonizing predicament and gradual descent of one man caught in the middle of the tragic contradictions of US occupation in Iraq and its project to spread democracy in the Middle East. (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)

Dir: Basil Gelpke & Ray McCormack.
A stylish and sobering exploration of the dwindling oil resources of the world, and what the globe’s experts predict for the future. (WORLD PREMIERE)

Shadow Company
Dir: Nick Bicanic & Jason Bourque.
A candid look at the world of private militaries around the world, as corporations increasingly hire modern-day mercenaries to fight wars. (WORLD PREMIERE)

Dir: Bradley Beesley & Sarah Price.
Within the subculture of the unusual Swift Nature Camp, the filmmakers capture raw emotions through rituals, homesickness, and counselor mutiny. (WORLD PREMIERE)

See them at SXSW 2006, March 10-18.

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